Do you know when the bonfire season is? Because we definitely don't haha! It's all year around for us, we love having bonfire evenings in the warm summer time, cozy evenings in the autumn or spring, or even in the freezing cold winter to warm up near the fire.. and if you’re as excited as we are, you’ve probably already begun collecting loads of firewood and perfecting your s’more-making skills!
There is nothing quite like a laidback summer or fall evening huddled with guests around an open fire. Whether you want to create memories with the kids, or throw a party for the neighbors, hosting a backyard bonfire doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Let us share with you our experiences and tips for the perfect bonfire evening and also I attached the links to the best equipment so your job to prepare will be much easier! You can also download a free checklist so you could prepare easily!
Now let's talk in more details how to plan a perfect bonfire getaway!
1. Food food food and once again food!
We all know that the food cooked on the fire is the main thing that we love about camping or bonfire getaways! There is nothing better than sweet and delicious melted marshmallows, meet or veggie skewers, baked potatoes or grilled hamburgers! So many tasty dishes to choose from.
So don't forget to pack some snacks like trail mix, crisps or some fruits and veggies and of course prepare your main dinner if you will have one. Also don't forget to take some necessary tools for food making and some disposable dinnerware!
2. Get your table ready!
A portable camping grill is amazing to use over the fire pit, it is really useful to cook any food and it does not take a lot of space as it is foldable. Also you can place an iron grill dish on it and make some delicious stews or poached eggs!
Don't forget the skewers! Either for the marshmallows or hot dogs these need to go to your bag! If you are a true griller, take a look at a full grilling equipment set, it might be useful at home or to take to camping as well.
Also, I always take a cutting board and a knife with me, it works for food preparation and also to use it as a food plater.
If you are having some drinks (you bet I will have some haha!) you can either take a disposable cups or if you are a wine lover and more fancy one, take a wine cooler bag where you store a bottle of wine and two glasses, perfect for us women right?!
Also grab some tableware, we would offer a disposable ones as it is easier, but take a look at this camping tableware kit which you can use over and over again if you are doing this quite a lot.
3. Make it cozy!
Either it is summer or winter, don't forget to take some warm blankets and sweaters, it might be warm to sit by the fire but if you will stay longer than planed then be prepared! Especially in the winter time, we used to make this mistake, it seems that you dressed up properly for the cold but when the time goes so does your warmth haha! I really love these thermal camping blankets which works amazing especially in the winter time.
Also, one of the best things that I've learned- to grab some pillows with you, it adds so much more coziness and comfort, and you can either use them on your chair, or pop over on the ground with them, or if your are by the lake, it is amazing to sit down on the bridge and watch the sunset! Check out our handmade seat cushions that could multitask for you everywhere you go!
What else would you imagine to do for a cozy night outside? If you are having your bonfire evening at your backyard, why not make it a movie night as well? You could use a mini portable projector and play your favourite movies outside! Sounds like a peaceful and cozy night, right?
4. Basic essentials
Either you are travelling somewhere away from home, or doing your bonfire evening in your backyard, you will need to prepare some necessary items so everything would go easily and smoothly. First things first- you need some firewood right? I hope you will not forget that haha! Also you will need some fire starters or kindling. I would recommend fire starters as it will be 100% faster and easier!
If you are traveling further from home, it is good idea to grab some light for the evening, so you can take a flashlight for emergencies or the best option would be to take a portable camping LED light, it will help you with the emergencies or just for more lighting in the evening.
5. Make it fun!
So now you have everything you need to make a great bonfire evening, but you know what? Lets make it even better! If you are having a party this works even better, if not- why not make one haha!
Either you are staying in your backyard or somewhere else, I would recommend you to hang some bulb string lights, you can hang them around the trees or around the house, basically anywhere you feel it would stay! You can use string lights which are battery powered, so you could use them anywhere especially if you are away from home and do not have any electricity.
If you want to have even more colourful evening there are few more ways to light up the mood around you! We all still have that inner child inside of us, don't we? Because I really do! Try these glow sticks at the next outside party, you would be amazed how much joy and colours that brings to the party! Especially when its dark outside and not that cozy anymore.
Okay.. If you want to go even crazier, I have found these magical wood burning fires, apparently you throw them in the fire pit and it burns in different colours! Doesn't it sound amazing? I will definitely try these, and if you do too, please let me know how it goes haha!
That's it guys! Hope you enjoyed my post and found some useful suggestions for your perfect bonfire evening, and I hope I inspired you to have one ASAP! And don't forget to grab our free check list from down below!